Here is a scanned excert from the book. Maybe I am thinking of the wrong Ezekiel. Thanks- Becky
"I have more information on the Halbrooks than the other branch of my forbears. The information was secured from my father, grandfather, Uncle Tom, a great uncle, and the Government Archives at Washington, D. C. The tradition is that an ancestor came from England and settled in Virginia. The census records show that my great-grand- father, William Halbrook, was born in 1783 in Surry county, North Carolina, which borders on Virginia. From my great uncle I learned that William had thre brothers, John, Ezekiel, and.George. They seemed for a while to have lived in Hickman county, Tennessee. According to the 1840 census. John was recorded as having thirteen infamily. The only ones of his sons we have trace of are two, Next page
172 ~~A SCHOOL MAN OF THE OZARKS Joseph and George. Joseph was widely known and a popular minister of the Christian church, and evangelized over Tennessee and Northern Alabama where he died. His son, George migrated to Arkansas later than his Uncle William and his sons, and settled on Lick Mountain in Conway county, moving later to the south fork of Little Red river six miles above Clinton. There he accumulated a large body of fertile land and was a prosperous farmer, at one time the largest taxpayer in Van Buren county, and was elected by the county as its county judge four terms. He with a few other citizens took the lead in reclaiming the county from the hands of the carpetbaggers after the Civil War . He had two sons, Joseph who located in Northwest Missouri, and Newton who settled near Center Ridge in Conway county. Little is known by my family of Ezekiel except that he was the father of seven sons all of whose names begin with the letter "F :" Fender, Freeman, Fountain, Foster, Franklin, Felix, and Fewell. The first three names came and lived in Conway county, following the first Halbrook migration ; and I was told by a reliable citizen that Foster lived in the 1870's on Archey fork of Little Red for a time and practiced dentistry. William's youngest brother, George Halbrook, came to Arkansas early. He seems to have followed soon after the migration of the Choctaw Indians to Southwest Arkansas and Southeast Oklahoma and lived near the headquarters of the government officials at Ultima Thule, on a large tract of land in the Rolling Fork bottoms in Sevier county a few miles west of the present city of De Queen. The Federal Government records of Arkansas Territory give George Halbrook as having been appointed a magistrate of the territory. In 1835 as the state records show he was elected coroner of Sevier county.